Can the Saints keep on marching towards the playoffs?
Where: Metlife Stadium
When: 18.00 (GMT)
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The New Orleans Saints will be out to make sure their new-found stingy defence continues as they travel to take on the New York Jets in week nine of the NFL season.
Long being rated as having the best offence in the league, leading the NFL in total yardage for the past five season, the Saints have found a better balance to their game in 2013-14.
New Orleans currently average 28 points a game while allowing just 17.1 which puts them near the top of the NFL in both categories.
As a result they sit at 6-1 and well on their way to another playoff berth, as they looked to keep the 4-4 Jets down.
Saints’ linebacker Curtis Lofton said the side’s change in defensive identity came largely down to new co-coordinator Rob Ryan.
“When you have the league’s worst defense a year ago and you have the same players, people think that those players that were playing in that scheme were terrible,” Lofton said, who leads the team with 55 total tackles.
“So you get a new defensive coordinator that comes in and plays to the strengths of players in this locker room, and guys are playing out there confident, playing fast … like it’s a whole different team.”
The Jets are struggling at the mid-way point in the season and they will be keen to erase the memory of the 49-9 thumping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
Many of their problems stem from quarterback Geno Smith, who has been sacked 28 times, second worst in the league, on his way to a 93.7 passer rating with seven TDs and four picks in four wins, compared to a 51.7 rating with one TD and nine interceptions in four losses.
Out: WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring).
Questionable: G Willie Colon (calf), TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion), RB Alex Green (hamstring), C Nick Mangold (ribs).
Probable: S Antonio Allen (finger), WR Stephen Hill (foot), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), TE Konrad Reuland (knee), WR David Nelson (quadricep), WR Greg Salas (knee), CB Darrin Walls (shoulder), G Brian Winters (ankle).
Questionable: G Jahri Evans (hip), S Malcolm Jenkins (knee), WR Marques Colston (knee), TE Jimmy Graham (foot), S Roman Harper (knee), DE Tom Johnson (hip), DE Cameron Jordan (ankle), S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion, back), DT Tyrunn Walker (knee).
Probable: LB David Hawthorne (ankle), DE Akiem Hicks (knee).